Motorists warned of the dangers of rubbernecking

2018-12-12 06:00

IT is human nature to be curious, but as tempting as it is, slowing down to stare at accidents as one drives past is considered dangerous on various levels.

This act, which is known as rubbernecking, causes drivers to lose concentration on their own journeys, which can cause immediate harm to those around them, this according to Amanzimtoti SAPS communications officer Captain Charlene Van Der Spuy.

“You would rather be safe than sorry. Slowing down without thinking can put you, your passengers, and the drivers around you at immediate risk of further accidents, especially at blind spots where the driver behind you will not be aware that you have stopped,” said Captain Van Der Spuy.

“The services deployed to attend to the first scene will now have a second incident to attend to. If you cannot pull off to the side to assist the initial accident, then it would be best to keep going and concentrate on your travels.”

One driver, Amit Persad, who travels long distances daily said: “Rubbernecking is a literal pain in the neck.

“It brings traffic to a virtual standstill, causing unnecessary delays and making everyone late. Not only that, it just takes one driver not paying attention and looking that way to cause another accident. This adds more hassles to an almost everyday occurrence while driving.”

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